Tennis: Murray pulls out of ATP World Finals after back surgery

Andy Murray of Britain grimaces as a doctor tends to his back injury in his second round match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 31, 2012. Murray has withdrawn from n
Andy Murray of Britain grimaces as a doctor tends to his back injury in his second round match against Jarkko Nieminen of Finland at the French Open tennis tournament in Roland Garros stadium in Paris on May 31, 2012. Murray has withdrawn from next month's World Tour Finals in London as he continues his recovery from back surgery. -- FILE PHOTO: AP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has withdrawn from next month's World Tour Finals in London as he continues his recovery from back surgery.

"I'm really disappointed not to be playing this year. I love playing in front of my home crowd, it's a great atmosphere," the British world No. 3 said in a statement on Wednesday.

Murray had surgery last month to clear up a long-standing back problem.

Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and David Ferrer have already secured spots at the season-ending event, which is fought out between the top eight qualified players. The tournament runs from Nov. 4-11.